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UPDATED: Senior Night on the mats

OBSERVER Staff Report DUNKIRK — The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds came out on top of Wednesday’s wrestling duals match against the Dunkirk Marauders by a score of 54-26 at Dunkirk High School. It was Dunkirk’s final home match of the season. The match started in Dunkirk’s favor, as the ...

Cassadaga Valley defeats Catt./Little Valley 50-29

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars matched their season best three-game win streak with a dominant 50-29 Section VI non-league girls basketball victory over Cattaraugus/Little Valley, Wednesday night, at Cassadaga Valley High School. The red hot Lady Cougars came out firing ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

FITTING FINALE. Once the Baltimore Ravens were unmasked as the NFL's flavor of the month by the Tennessee Titans, it became clear which teams would meet in the Super Bowl. In my mind, it was then equally clear the Kansas City Chiefs would beat the San Francisco 49ers in that game. That's ...

Thaw should open up area streams

Ice has returned for the eighth time this year to Chautauqua Lake, according to Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow. As of Wednesday afternoon, anglers were having success on the north side of Bemus Point and Bemus Bay, targeting crappie and bluegills. Prendergast and north of the bridge to ...

Gowanda bowling earns 3-1 victory

OBSERVER Staff Reports SALAMANCA — The Gowanda Panthers earned a 3-1 win over the Salamanca Warriors in Wednesday’s boys bowling contest in Salamanca. Gowanda posted a linescore of 1,027-926-932-2,885, compared to Salamanca’s 991-1,006-871-2,868. Aaron Barlow posted a linescore of ...

Mayville man charged over drugs, alleged burglary

MAYVILLE — A village resident, after a report of a potential burglary, is facing a number of drug-related charges after an incident Tuesday. Deputies were called to a location in the village of Mayville around 6:40 p.m.. Upon further investigation, deputies found Harry J. Radke, 43, inside ...

Lady Marauders beat Maple Grove in pivotal CCAA West 1 game 82-70

Most of the time, 70 points in a girls high school basketball is more than enough to take care of business and get a victory. Unfortunately for the Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons, teams need more than 70 to get by a hot Dunkirk Lady Marauders team. The Lady Marauders (12-1) took down the Lady ...

Silver Creek runs past JFK 61-15

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights girls basketball team had high expectations this season, but so far, those expectations haven’t resulted in as many bright spots as the team would have hoped. Tuesday, on a night where the Silver Creek and Forestville seniors were honored before ...

Lady Cougars beat Lady Pirates, 54-24

OBSERVER Staff Reports SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars (7-6, 3-2) earned a big Section VI CCAA Division 2 West girls basketball victory over Clymer, 54-24, at Cassadaga Valley High School on Tuesday night. The Lady Cougars were all over Clymer (7-7, 1-4) in the dominant ...

Fredonia wrestling tops Portville 52-29

OBSERVER Staff Report PORTVILLE — The Fredonia Hillbillies closed out their excellent season in the ring on Tuesday night with a 52-29 victory over the CCAA Division 2 Champion Portville Panthers. The Hillbillies finished 22nd overall on the season, while competing against a tough schedule, ...

Hornets defeat Panthers 79-55

OBSERVER Staff Reports FORESTVILLE — Everyone scored on the Forestville Hornets (7-7, 3-2) boys basketball team in its 79-55 nonleague win over Gowanda (3-9, 2-5), at Forestville High School, on Tuesday night. “It was a great game,” stated Forestville head coach Jon Feniello. “We ...

Silver Creek boys, girls top Frewsburg

OBSERVER Staff Report FREWSBURG — The Silver Creek Black Knights defeated the Frewsburg Bears by a 3-1 score in both the boys and girls bowling matches between the two teams on Tuesday evening. The Silver Creek boys posted a linescore of 881-787-842-2,510, compared to Frewsburg’s score ...

North Collins nabs 60-45 victory

OBSERVER Staff Reports NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Eagles found themselves back in the win column on Tuesday night, with a 60-45 victory over Global Concepts in North Collins. Though the team trailed 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles exploded for 25 points in the ...

Geneseo outlasts Blue Devils basketball

Special to the OBSERVER The Fredonia State men’s basketball team played host to Geneseo in a Tuesday evening conference matchup, dropping a 58-48 contest. The Knights never led by more than 10 in the second half, and the Devils held a brief lead, but were unable to overcome the visitors. ...

Pascarella thriving at Fredonia State

In some instances, success in athletics comes down to making the most of an opportunity when it’s presented. Lakewood native and Fredonia State goaltender Ryan Pascarella did just that last weekend for the Blue Devils’ ice hockey team. Pascarella, a sophomore, thrived in only his second ...

Sabres look to stay positive as second half begins

Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres return from their week long break for the 2020 All-Star Weekend in St. Louis and for the first time in a while I am satisfied where the Sabres currently stand headed into the second half of the season. Usually at this juncture, the Sabres have already played ...

Hillbillies take third at Gary Gross tourney

OBSERVER Staff Report MEDINA — The Fredonia Hillbillies boys wrestling team competed at the Gary Gross Memorial Tournament in Medina this weekend and finished third out of 18 teams. “I feel we wrestled pretty well,” stated Fredonia head coach Joe Santilli. “As a collective, we ...

Mark Orlando makes CSHOF

Mark V. Orlando was born March 20, 1953 in Westfield, NY. He graduated from Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk, NY in 1971. He earned a B.S. degree from Florida State in 1975 and a M.S. degree from Florida A&M in 1983. Orlando attended Westfield Academy Central Schools through his ...

Forestville splits with Frewsburg on Senior Night

FREDONIA — The Forestville bowling team played its Senior Night match against Frewsburg on Monday and saw the girls team beat Frewsburg 4-0, while the boys lost 4-0 to Frewsburg at Lucky Lanes. The Lady Hornets compiled a scoreline of 727-609-791-2,127 to beat Frewsburg’s ...